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Postby DaleTremont on Tue May 27, 2008 3:31 pm

Chris a.k.a StuntMike wrote:Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is also an interesting read.


We have a winner!

Hey if you like ERRB you'd probably like the one I'm reading now too. City of Nets is similar in a way...just in the 40s instead of the 70s.
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Postby Chris a.k.a StuntMike on Tue May 27, 2008 7:30 pm

There is also another one called Rebels on the Backlot which deals with the 90's guys(Fincher, PTA, etc) that tries to be like ERRB.

I shall seek out City of Nets though. Sounds interesting.
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Postby Chris a.k.a StuntMike on Thu May 29, 2008 8:55 am

World War Z is amazing. If they can get half of the book on to the screen, they'll have something special.
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Postby yorrick brown on Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:37 pm

American psycho-Bret Easton Ellis
The Stand-Stephen King
Dark Half-Stephen King
Rant-Chuck Palahniuk
Fight club-Chuck Palahniuk
DownAndDirtyPictures-Peter Biskind
What Lie Did I tell?-William Goldman
1984-George Orwell
The Beach-Alex Garland
No Country For Old Men-Cormac McCarthy
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Postby hackett on Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:42 am

DaleTremont wrote:
Chris a.k.a StuntMike wrote:Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is also an interesting read.


We have a winner!

Hey if you like ERRB you'd probably like the one I'm reading now too. City of Nets is similar in a way...just in the 40s instead of the 70s.


Great book...


I'm a big fan of The Phantom Tollbooth and my all time favorite is probably The Count of Monte Cristo
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby Crimson King on Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:17 am

I don't know if I have ONE all-time favorite book, but I loved the entire H@rry Potter series as well as The Dark Tower series. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was also pretty great.

I just finished reading Good Omens again, and I loved it.

Loved Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

Oh, Slaughterhouse-Five....
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Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:23 pm

Nachokoolaid wrote:We have very similar tastes. Based on what you have here, (you've probably already read these, but in case you haven't) you'll probably also enjoy...

Good Omens - by Gaiman and Pratchett
The Passion - Jeanette Winterson
Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk


Survivor is the only one of those I haven't read, so I think I'll put that on my shopping list for when I get my first pay check.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby stereosforgeeks on Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:30 pm

Ribbons wrote:I've heard some good things about Survivor. I haven't read anything by Palahniuk, but I think that would be the first book of his I'd give a look-see, if I do.

Also I'm pretty sure there's a Survivor thread here if you want to browse through that before/after you read it, WPAO. Just give me a second...

TA-DA! Now watch me make this pencil disappear...


Survivor is my favorite Palahniuk Ive read so far. I havent read much past choke though.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:32 pm

I only own and have only read Fight Club and Choke. I'll be sure to check that thread out once I've read Survivor Ribbons.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby whatakrok on Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:24 pm

I have a short list of favorites:

Once an Eagle - Anton Myrer
The 13th Valley - John M. Del Vecchio
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The Sand Pebbles - Richard McKenna
Armageddon - Max Hastings (WWII history may not suit everyones tastes)
The Killer Angels - Micheal Shaara
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
The Coldest Winter - David Halberstam (Korean War history, see above)
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Little Big Man - Thomas Berger
Washington's Crossing - David Hackett Fischer (Revolutionary War history of the crossing of the Delaware may not float your boat hehe)
The Bourne Idenity - Robert Ludlum
Akira - Katsuhiro Otomo (graphic novel)
This Terrible Sound - Peter Cozzens (Civil War history)

As you can see I enjoy history quite a bit. I am sorry if some of these books aren't appropriate for this thread, but these are some of my favorites.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby AndySandwich on Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:58 pm

Gravity's Rainbow - Pynchon
Neuromancer - Gibson
Infinite Jest - Wallace
Akira - Otomo
Diamond Age - Stephenson
My Ishmael - Quinn

If anyone's read these I'd apprecshe any suggestions.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby Ribbons on Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:50 am

AndySandwich wrote:If anyone's read these I'd apprecshe any suggestions.


Hmm, well, I've actually never read any of them (although I've watched Akira!), but I *have* read The Crying of Lot 49 and V. by Pynchon, and if you like him you might also like White Noise by Dom DeLillo... DeLillo strives for a moral more than Pynchon does in either story but they both sort of traffic in postmodern absurdist humor, so, I dunno. That's about all I've got for you. But take a look around in the book forum and you might find your way to some helpful recommendations.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby AndySandwich on Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:20 pm

I just rented White Noise. It is so good.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby Nancy on Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:13 am

I love Harlan Ellison. He is one of the greatest author of all time.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby blackcauldron85 on Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:09 am

Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author (I'm a sap). A Walk to Remember is my favorite novel- I mean, I love all of his books, but there's something about that one- maybe it's the young love, maybe it's the medical stuff, maybe it's the wish fulfillment and the amazing growth of the characters, I don't know, but I love it. I love the Twilight Saga books. I like older sappy books, too, like from the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and Edith Wharton.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby Kate1986MA on Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:12 pm

My favourite novel of all time? Neuromancer by WILLIAM GIBSON
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby so sorry on Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:04 pm

NewSouth Books' announcement that it is bringing out a desecrated edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" -- in which faceless editors at this distinctly vanilla-flavored publisher will have excised every one of Mark Twain's brilliantly seditious employments of the evil word "nigger" -- has caught the fleeting notice of bloggers and pundits around the country.


OK book nerds, what say you? Is this sacrilege? A good thing?
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby TheBaxter on Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:35 pm

so sorry wrote:
NewSouth Books' announcement that it is bringing out a desecrated edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" -- in which faceless editors at this distinctly vanilla-flavored publisher will have excised every one of Mark Twain's brilliantly seditious employments of the evil word "nigger" -- has caught the fleeting notice of bloggers and pundits around the country.


OK book nerds, what say you? Is this sacrilege? A good thing?


i hope they replaced every instance with "Afro American Superman"
anything else would be sacrilege.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby minstrel on Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:49 pm

I say, leave the n-word in as Twain wrote it. Sure, that might not be socially acceptable language today, but that's not Twain's fault. Besides, it's a truer picture of life in the time and place Twain was writing about. Editing Twain's work to suit modern sensitivities is tantamount to rewriting history.

Besides, is it too much to ask that modern readers understand the book's context? Might there not be a time in the near future from which we look back on today and realize how pedantically politically correct we were in 2011 and happily restore Twain's work to its original form without anyone complaining? Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel with a bunch of nude people and later prudes painted loincloths and so on over the private parts. Don't we now look back at the prudes and laugh? Don't we now wish that Michelangelo's original art had been left untouched?

We shouldn't have to bow to passing political ideas and tastes. We should, instead, educate ourselves about the times and places in which artworks are created, and appreciate them for what they are in context. Huckleberry Finn was, in part, a book about a boy growing beyond his prejudices, learning that his racism was wrong. Sure, he uses the n-word, but everybody did back then. But isn't one of the lessons of the book really about the example of a white boy accepting a black man as a human being and seeing his value as such? Isn't that something we should celebrate for its time and its context? Huck may not have made it, mentally, all the way to the twenty-first century, but he was heading in the right direction. Good for him, and good for Twain, and good for all the rest of us. Leave the book untouched.
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:34 am

so sorry wrote:
NewSouth Books' announcement that it is bringing out a desecrated edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" -- in which faceless editors at this distinctly vanilla-flavored publisher will have excised every one of Mark Twain's brilliantly seditious employments of the evil word "nigger" -- has caught the fleeting notice of bloggers and pundits around the country.


OK book nerds, what say you? Is this sacrilege? A good thing?

Finally, a book I can endorse the burning of.


How many schools are going to buy this?
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Re: Favorite Books

Postby The Vicar on Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:42 am

Pathetic. Does anyone have the exact century?
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